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Eyes in the sky for Fair safety

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Thousands of folks from near and far will visit the Wilson County Fair this weekend.

Doors open to the public at 5 p.m. on Friday. The opening parade will begin at 7 p.m.

Public Safety Director Mike Justice said that since there will be an influx of people to our town over the next week it is important to keep the grounds as safe as possible.

Very few altercations have ever been reported during the fair. Instead, the main issue has been children getting separated from their parents. Justice advised that parents and guardians not to look individually for too long once they notice the child is missing. “They should notify the nearest fair representative or someone in uniform,” he said. Once the emergency coordination center is notified they can use technology to spot children on the grounds.

“We have a lot of luck with the cameras to find a child in a crowd,” Justice said. If a representative cannot be found, fairgoers should call 257-6001, ext. 3 for missing children or any other emergency situation.

Justice said another issue seen frequently during fair week is people forgetting where they parked their cars. He said it is important to remember the color gate you come in. “At night it gets confusing, but if they can remember the gate it helps us locate the vehicle.”

No alcohol, outside food or drink is allowed at the fair, unless it is baby formula or snack items for small children.

Weapons are also prohibited and handbags bigger than 12-inches will be subject to being searched.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at

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